Living a fit and healthy lifestyle isn’t always a cheap undertaking. Oftentimes, the cost of a gym membership or springing for a few personal training sessions simply isn’t in our budget. Luckily, we live in a time where the world is at our fingertips and there seems to be an app for everything.
Follow our three-step guide to become your own personal trainer for the price of a coffee or less! All you need to get in the best shape this year is a smartphone, a goal and a good attitude.
1. Set a goal
Whether you want to tone and tighten, lose weight or build your cardio endurance, you need a measurable goal to work toward. If slimming down or eating cleaner is part of your desired achievement, try the free app MyFitnessPal to easily track your calorie intake. The app’s calorie counter helps you stay on track with your diet and factors in your exercise activity to give you calculated daily reports tracking your progress towards your personal weight goal. The app uses your current weight, goal weight and daily reports to create suggested calorie intake charts.
2. Find your motivation
Staying motivated may be the hardest thing about self-training because we tend to slack off if we are not held accountable. To help this, the app stickK requires you to put your money where your mouth is. Simply set your personal goal and time frame, if you don’t meet your objectives, the money is donated to an organization of your choice. If you succeed, you get to keep your money. On the flip side, there are other charity apps such as Charity Miles, Charity Bets, Plus 3 Network and Run4Good that will donate to worthy charities.
Also, never underestimate the power a great playlist can have to help you run that extra mile or power out those last few reps. The free app FitRadio, will keep you grooving through your workout every time, offering specially designed mixes to keep your heart rate up. You can choose playlists based on a genre or favorite DJ or you can save favorite mixes to go back to at anytime.
3. Follow a workout plan
We scoured the Web and found four apps to help you get the challenged and personalized workouts you want without a gym or a trainer.
The free app Jefit will keep you focused during your workout session. It lets you choose a customized routine from the database of more than 1,300 moves and guides you through your desired workout by prompting which move is next, how long to work and when to rest.
FitnessBuilder Plus, which is free for the first month (then $6.99 a month), is an app that will help you train for long and short-term goals. There are more than 750 guided workouts to choose from and thousands of drag-and-drop workout images you can use to create your own routines. There are various extended workout plans that will guide you through weeks of training focused on different goals, including strength building, weight loss and core strengthening.
The Nike Training Club free app offers a huge database with step-by-step instructions of great workouts for women. You can even select workout routines based on your fitness level (beginner to advanced) and your desired effect.
With these apps, the power is now in your hands to get fit, cheaply and conveniently!